The ARK: Survival Evolved #developers #StudioWildcard launched their Survival of the Fittest Hunger-Royale-style mode onto the Steam workshop. Coming with this are free #modtools, accessed via the Epic Games Launcher, this is a “ streamlined” version of the Unreal Engine 4 editor. These will be used in a just-announced modding competition in partnership with Alienware where anyone can submit maps or mods for a shot at three big prizes. Phew, that’s a lot of links. Read on for all the details.
The Survival of the Fittest mode was announced previously and had a tournament just after. This is constantly shrinking arena filled with teams who must fight each other off to gather supplies and eventually become the last humans standing. Studio Wildcard seems to be leaning to the e-sports side rather than the casual-competitive side. This style of gameplay certainly differs from your average team-based game and it would be impressive to see gameplay in a more competitive environment.
Just revealed, Survival of the Fittest this mode was in fact built with the tools that are now available to all. So grab the Epic Games Launcher and then navigate to the ARK tools download page to get them.
However there are some very nice prizes in this competition. The rules are straight forward, create either a map for an existing ARK game mode or mod to make a game mode on your own.
Round 1: Under the image caption for your screenshot, name your Mod, add the Steam Workshop link and a description of approximately 500 characters to describe how your entry best meets the judging criteria. It is also recommended that entrants add a link to a YouTube video showcasing the Mod.
In round 1, entries will be voted on and judged based on the following equally weighted Screenshot Judging Criteria:
Does the Entry look and sound engaging?
Does it look like it would be fun to play?
Judging Score Weighted: 75% / Public Voting Score Weighted: 25%
Round 2: If your entry is selected as one of the top 10, the ARK: Survival Evolved developers will judge the finalists based on the following equally weighted Mod Judging Criteria to determine the final order of finish:
Overall graphical or functional quality/polish
Entertainment value (how fun is it to play?)
Once complete, creators are eligible for the various prizes:
- 1st Place: $15,000 USD, Alienware Area-51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI Graphics Card
- 2nd Place: $5,000 USD, Alienware X51 Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
- 3rd Place: $2,500 USD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card
Entries need to be submitted by October 6th and reviewed based in combination of developer insight and public perception. So expect a bunch of new quality content onto the Steam Workshop soon.
If you do not own ARK: Survival Evolved, you can pick it up on Steam for a 20% discount for Linux, SteamOS, Mac and Windows PC. The Workshop add-on will have you download another healthy 1.2 GB’s.